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Welcome to the Property Advice Newsletter
Written by Independent Chartered Surveyors
of the UK wide network of Property Professionals

Publication date: May 2017

In this month’s edition… we highlight the issues surrounding property fraud, discuss buying property at auction, look at why you should care for your garden walls, and discover how Ikea deals with a problem property market …

The Property Market Monthly Fact File

The property market fact file is a collection of data compiled each month by our Chartered Surveyors and the team; collating survey data, statistics, trends and information from the property market. This aims to provide a single place where anyone with an interest in UK property can find the information they need.

If a deal seems to be too good to be true, then it probably is – protecting your property from title fraud

What would you do if you spotted your own home for sale on Rightmove? If you own, or are in the process of buying a home, you could potentially become a victim of property title fraud.

Here’s some advice on how to avoid it.

How to buy property at auction

Purchasing property at auction can be a risky business but it is also a really good way of securing a competitive property investment.

There’s more to it than just waving your hand …



A surveyors guide to – Garden Walls

Garden and boundary walls should be inspected regularly to see if repairs are necessary, or whether a wall needs to be rebuilt. Such walls are amongst the most common forms of masonry to suffer collapse, and one of the commonest causes of death by falling masonry.

Controversial property bidding site expands

See how one rental company matches landlords with prospective tenants.

500 new Scottish homes to be funded by wind turbines

The “Fishermen Three” wind farm that will fund the building of new homes.

Curry smells in the carpet is the reason for ban on ‘coloured’ tenants

‘Coloured’ people, single mothers, battered wives and plumbers … what do they all have in common?

Nationwide takes on the ground rent scandal

An estimated forty per cent of new homes built by several of the UK’s big builders are sold on leasehold tenure. The failure of some estate agents and solicitors to bring potentially ruinous ground rents to the attention of purchasers has been widely criticised, but Nationwide Building Society has made a surprise move to protect its members.

Fuel poverty scheme extended to September 2018

Government statistics show that most fuel poor households are in privately rented accommodation and in the 16-24 age bracket. Older people are now much less likely to be fuel poor. Employment is also a significant factor, with 28 per cent of unemployed households being fuel poor.

The Government is continuing to support its District Heating Network scheme but the Lambeth system has been fraught with issues.

And Finally….

Are the days of Titus Salt returning?

The Swedish retailer, Ikea, is so concerned that its Icelandic staff are unable to afford property in the capital, Reykjavik, that is is building an apartment block so that they have somewhere safe and affordable to live.

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